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PREVIEW: FINALS OF LEAGUE OF LEGENDS LEC AND LCS

17 April 2020

The League of Legends Championship Series in Europe (LEC) and North America (LSC) draw to an explosive close this weekend, as Saturday’s matches set the stage for the Spring Season Finals on Sunday. The stakes are high: the winning teams in both leagues qualify for the 2020 Mid-Season Invitational (MSI). In Europe, Fnatic swept through the competition and are the first team to move on to the final Best of Five. NA’s first contender is Cloud9, who dominated the Rift with equally impressive plays. 

Their opponents will be determined following the last semi-final matches on Saturday. EU’s MAD Lions Madrid are bracing for a challenge as they set up to meet G2 Esports at 17:00 CEST. Their last playoff match was against Fnatic, who dominated MAD Lions in a crushing 3-0 victory. This time they’re in a tough match-up against G2, the runners-up of the 2019 League of Legends World Championship. G2 Esports are switching things up this season and it seems to be paying off well. Following last year’s incredibly successful run, G2 swapped two of their players in this season’s roster: Perkz in the Mid Lane and Caps now in Bot. The fans love to see Perkz shine in the Mid Lane and we’re eager to see what he has in store for Saturday’s match. 

In NA, Evil Geniuses return to LCS for the first time since 2014 with a fully revamped roster and face Flyquest at 22:00 CEST on Saturday. Evil Geniuses are one of the oldest esports organizations around: they’ve been on the scene since 1999, with teams in popular competitive games like CS:GO, Quake, DotA 2, World of Warcraft, and League of Legends. Their return to League has been fruitful, but Saturday’s opponent isn’t to be taken lightly. Flyquest, co-owned by Wesley Edens of the Milwaukee Bucks, is Cloud9’s Challenger brand with a formidable roster. Although their 2019 season didn’t run so smoothly, we’re expecting edge-of-your-seat plays from V1per and WildTurtle this weekend.

LEC: LEAGUE OF LEGENDS EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Fnatic (FNC) are moving on to the finals after an impressive run in the playoffs. The team is a part of the Fnatic professional esports organization, with players from all around the world competing in the top esports events. FNC entered the League scene back in 2011 and shook the fans by claiming the Riot Season 1 Championship title. To this day they remain a formidable opponent for anyone on and off the Rift. Having won three Global Offensive Majors, Fnatic’s Counter-Strike team is one of the best in the game’s history.

Let’s meet the talent behind this season’s incredible League of Legends lineup. 

ROSTER

Bwipo – Gabriël Rau. FNC’s current TOP laner who briefly switched to BOT in the EU LCS 2018  Summer Split. Bwipo is a solid TOP player, he started back in 2015 with mCon esports and played for Rox before switching to Fnatic. Awarded “Esports PC Rookie of the Year” in 2018. 

Selfmade – Oskar Boderek. Selfmade joined Fnatic in 2019 and roams the Jungle. Received seven Player of the Game awards in the 2019 LEC Spring, more than any other player! Previously jungled for MAD Lions and SK Gaming.

Nemesis – Tim Lipovšek. On the competitive scene since 2016, Nemesis is a stone-cold MID laner. The 20-year-old from Slovenia played for VAPE NAYS and MAD Lions in the past, he’s known for keeping his cool in the roughest match-ups and his rip-roaring Pentakill in the 2019 LEC Spring Playoffs on Kayle. 

Rekkles – Martin Larsson. Rekkles is Fnatic’s ADC down in BOT lane. Prior to joining competitive League of Legends in 2012, Martin Larsson was a very talented football player who had to give up the sport due to injury. His favourite League of Legends champions are Vayne and Kennen, and in 2019 he became the first player to reach 1500 Kills in the LEC.

Hylissang – Zdravets Iliev Galabov. Hilly is the team’s Support player from Bulgaria, who competed for Unicorns of Love before joining Fnatic in 2017. On 09.08.2019, Hylissang reached 2500 Assists in the LEC.  

LSC: NORTH AMERICA’S LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

North America’s first LCS finalist are Cloud9 (C9), a professional esports organization based in Los Angeles. Cloud9 was formed with the acquisition of the Quantic Gaming League of Legends roster in 2013. Their success in the NA LCS led the organization to form divisions in other esports: Hearthstone, DotA 2, Call of Duty, CS:GO, Overwatch, and others. Cloud9’s Counter-Strike roster became the first and only NA team to win a Global Offensive Major. 

C9’s track record in League is equally impressive: they won the 2018 NA Regional Finals and consistently place in the top three in all major tournaments. 

Here’s the Cloud9 roster for the 2020 LCS Spring Finals.

ROSTER

Licorice – Eric Ritchie. Licorice joined C9 in 2017 and plays up TOP with his favourite champion picks like Fiora and Poppy. The young Canadian previously played for eUnited, who dominated the NA Challenger Series in 2016.

Blaber – Robert Huang. Blaber is C9’s versatile Jungler who joined the team in 2018. He prefers aggressive champions like Kindred, Lee Sin, Nidalee, and Elise. 

Nisqy – Yasin Dinçer. Nisqy is a Belgian MID laner who competed in the EU since 2015, prior to joining Cloud9 in NA. He prefers to mages to AD champions, some of his favourites are Orianna, Syndra, Ryze, Cassiopeia, and Zoe. 

Zven – Jesper Svenningsen. Previously known as “Niels”, Zven is a 22-year-old BOT laner from Belgium. He previously played for outstanding teams like G2 Esports in EU and TSM when he switched regions to NA. He’s been competing in League since 2013, and is one of two players to record a Pentakill in both the EU and NA LCS.

Vulcan – Philippe Laflamme. Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme is a Canadian Support player for Cloud9. He briefly played for Dignitas in 2019, shortly before joining C9 in November of the same year. This season he’s running champs like Tahm Kench, Blitzcrank, Nautilus, and occasionally pulls out his favourite: Thresh. 

WHERE TO WATCH THE LEAGUE OF LEGENDS LEC AND LCS FINALS

Now that you’ve met the top two teams of the EU and NA pro leagues, here’s where you can watch the League of Legends LEC and LSC Finals.

The semis and finals will be streamed live directly on the League of Legends Esports platform. You don’t need to register an account or sign-up for anything, the tournament schedule, standings, and vods are available to everyone. To tune-in to Live matches, head on to WATCH. Previous tournaments with highlights and commentary are available on the VODS tab. You can also enjoy the LEC and LSC Finals on Youtube and Twitch, where many League of Legends streamers follow the biggest LoL events.

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